'This was a moment of joy' - Wolves boss Nuno hails side following FA Cup victory

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Ivan Cavaleiro's first-half goal proved to be enough to take the Premier League outfit to their first quarter-final for 16 years against the Robins

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo described reaching his side’s first FA Cup quarter-final in 16 years “a moment of joy” after seeing his side beat Bristol City in the fifth round.

Ivan Cavaleiro's first-half goal proved to be the difference in an entertaining encounter that finished 1-0 at Ashton Gate, despite the late efforts of the Robins to best goalkeeper John Ruddy.

The forward was the hero in the fourth round too when he netted the winner in a replay victory over Shrewsbury Town and Nuno stated that the 25-year-old had once again given the club’s fans a memory to savour.

“I'm very happy,” the Portuguese told BT Sport post-match.

“It was very tough, but I’m happy for the fans. This was a moment of joy.

“We try to find solutions, but it was hard when they put so many [men] behind the ball and with long balls into the box all the time.

“In the first half they gave us space, we had space and the chances to score, but then they changed it and they are a tough team.

“I would like to play at Molineux [in the next round] if I could ask for something.”

The manager picked out full-back Matt Doherty for praise after he caused City problems all afternoon and provided the assist for Cavaleiro's strike in the 28th minute.

The 27-year-old Irishman was a key part of Nuno's promotion-winning side last season and has continued to thrive since the club rose to the Premier League.

"He has a big heart," said the Wolves boss. "He goes up and down, he doesn't rest.

"It's a tough job but he keeps on running. We are very happy with him.

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"Last season he did a fantastic season and it was a big challenge to prove himself in the Premier League and he's doing so well."

Wolves captain Conor Coady praised his team-mates for the way they resisted Bristol City's attempt at a second-half comeback, saying: "People think because you're a Premier League team you should come here and turn them over but it's different. They're a tough team, it's a really good club.

"I thought we dominated the first half and we knew there was going to be a reaction in the second half. They did, but we stuck in there and showed how we can defend."